MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2016

The 26th International Month of Photography Festival begins.

For the twenty-sixth year, Bratislava comes to life with photography throughout the month of November. This year will focus on two opposing lines of contemporary photography in the last 30 years; the neo-conceptual and narrative movements in photography. A special group of expositions will be formed by those works that accompany the release of the latest volume of, the History of European Photography of the 20th Century. This book is the most comprehensive research, and publication, achievement by the festival organizers; it has been developed in cooperation with other photography professionals from 36 European countries. The launching ceremony for the third and the final volume will map the history of photography from 1970 – 2000. The focus will not only be on ”the great photographic powers of the West” but also on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, from Albania to Ukraine, making it the first publication of its kind. The launching ceremony for the third volume will be held in the Albertina in Vienna and in the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava with the participation of all European authors.



After a years break, three important exhibitions at Kunsthalle will be opened. The highlights of this years festival will undoubtedly include the contemporary Spanish photographer Chema Madoz who became world famous thanks mostly to his surreal black and white photographs of objects, created with a great deal of ingenuity.

Chema Manoz

Chema Manoz

From Serbia, we are going to introduce private photographs of the communist politician Josip Broz Tito. At the collective exhibition of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) archive you can see dozens of prominent photographers documenting rural and small town life America after the economic crisis from 1935 to 1942. The photographers captured portraits of people and their difficult living conditions, housing problems and labour migration. The most famous of the photographers include Carl Mydans, Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott and Dorothea Lange, whose image of a migrant mother from 1936 became the official symbol of the project.

Marion Post Wolcott

Marion Post Wolcott

An exhibition of the French photographer Tatiana Lecomte, will open  at the Central European House of Photography. Tatiana Lecomte won the European Month of Photography prize, which is presented every two years in Luxembourg. The work of Mexican photographer Flor Garduňo can be seen on the second floor.

Flor Garduňo

Flor Garduňo

 

For photography from around the world, for the second time we will open an exhibition featuring the most comprehensive international photography competition the 2016 Sony World Photo Awards. This exhibition will be held in the Eurovea Expo Gallery. Every year, the Sony World Photo Awards presents the best international photographic talent and rewards professionals, amateurs, youths and students from around the world in a variety of photographic genres.

Since 2004, the Month of Photography in Bratislava has been a part of the European Month of Photography within the united association of festivals in Athens, Budapest, Paris, Luxembourg, Ljubljana and Vienna. Joint exhibitions will be held through the mutual collaboration of curators from these cities. This year, the partners have prepared the project, Looking into Clouds, which draws on exhibitions by more than 50 European photographers.

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G@LLERY – editor`s pick May 2016

Selection of the best submissions to our G@LLERY for the recent period. Do not hesitate and continue to send us your photos which should be published.

Barbara Buda, Ela Bracho, Erich ReichelEugénia BánovskáKarel ŠevčíkKonmarkMartin Ježík, Martin Sprušanský, Martina DimunováMatej ReviliakPaula KentošováViera RemkováViola KrupováZhivka Todorova

New Wave of SAM

Aftre succsesful presentation of our New Wave of SAM  at Czech Open-air PHOTO festival together with organizers we`ve have decided to folllow the dramaturgic line. Five photograpgers selected by festival art comittee FURIE and SAM magazine will be given much more space and they will become a major photographers of the festival with an opportunity to lead their own workshops and present their artistic evolution.

Let`s follow the list of these great artists.

Dia Takácsová

© Dia Takácsová

Through photography, Dia Takacs mostly captures emotions connected with nature. There are signs of melancholy and quaintness in her work. She looks for exceptional places and people, in both cases preferring unusualness and kind of a special aura. She also revels in minimalist form and believes that it is imperfection what makes photos more human. Dia presented her work in several exhibitions in Slovakia and abroad and her photos appeared on book and CD covers. Her commercial production, in connection with Tomáš Schiller, in known as Aeternus Photography.

Kata Sedlak

© Kata Sedlak

Kata Sedlak, a photographer with her own signature and a clear idea of how to visualize the objects she is familiar with. The author intentionally selects topics evoking strong emotions. The most frequent source of inspiration is her family, where, as a mother, she exactly recognizes the most accurate moment to reflect given psychological state within a scope of an ordinary day. She is an author integrating a photofootageinto a more social context. There were a few names in the world of photography personalizing the same idea, Sally Mann, a photograper of children, to name one, whose work resembles Kata Sedlak’s most. Kata has mastered the art of light and intimity and her trademark of breaking any stereotypical dogmas is evident throughout her work. Slovakia has a very unusual sight in photography and it can be said with certainty that we will hear about Kata in the future as she proved us with her photo story of Autumn 2014 depicting a gypsy ghetto, in search for her favorite aspects – interpersonal relationships and emotional swings.  -Matúš Zajac-

Mária Švarbová

© Mária Švarbová

Mária Švarbová was born in 1988 in Slovakia. She finished her university studies of conservation – restoration and archeology. She has dedicated to photography since 2010. Earlier works of young and talented author, publishing under name Maria Svarbova are resembling a dream like reality with elements of surrealism and Art Nouveau. Her latest photographs focus on delivering a message and triggering feelings with focus on minimalism and purity. She is a very distinctive photographer, who can present a vast porfolio of high quality. Maria has also won various prestigious awards and participated in valuable collaborations such as signing off contract with american Vogue. Her photos were also used as covers for multiple bestselling books of world-class authors. One of her works was selected to be a cover photo of prestigious photography magazine DODHO. One of here latest successes is that one of her works was used as cover photo for Czech photography magazine FotoVideo. She also won gold medal of excellence in the biggest photography saloon (TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT) that tooks place in Austria. Maria will be having an exhibition in Paris in the Sakura gallery, which will be representing her in the entire France and she will be in others 80 galleries around the world (YellowKorner).

Michal Zahornacký

© Michal Zahornacký

He graduated from Business College. He lives on taking photos of weddings and portraits and at the same time he makes his own thoughts and ideas into compact photographic projects. Recently finished series „Dream“was influenced by surrealism. Currently Michal works on a new project called „Poems“, connecting pictures with poems.  „Poems“ represent portraits of people with a profound thought which is supplemented by a poem. He has been working on this project with various poets.

Sachtikus

© Sachtikus

He comes from Slovakia, Banská Bystrica. Currently he newly lives in Prague. He performs and works under name Sachtikus. Photography and his pseudonym have been with him for several years. Currently he dedicate himself to photography in professional way, mostly to reportages, concerts, and studio portraits. In the beginning of his work was heavy metal and concert photography in his home town, which used to be Mecca of hard music in Slovakia. A part of his work is represented by photographs with military subject matter, where a few times a year he turns into a soldier of Russian army from the Second World War. Essentials of his work and interest are people, no matter if portraits, photos from concerts, or Picture from bars or trips. He often supports philosophy of form above content, especially with portraits. He likes high quality of performance, technical perfection in editing, soft light, large printings, and beautiful models. He also likes expressions on people’s faces, when you can feel emotions and atmosphere. Last but not least, he goes in for surrealistic themes, self-portraits, and macro of insect.

10 photographic documents you must see

MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY (1972)

Diane Arbus (*1923 – 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for photographs of deviant and marginal people (dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers) or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal.

NAN GOLDIN (2000)

Nancy (*1953) is an American photographer. She lives and works in New York City, Berlin, and Paris. Her work is focused on drugs, gender, sexuality, abuse and death.

PHOTOGRAPHY CAPTURING A MOVIE FRAME (2012)

Gregory Crewdson (*1962) is an American photographer. He photographs tableaux of American homes and neighborhoods.

 IN THE REAL WORLD (2005)

William Eggleston (*1939), is an American photographer. He is widely credited with increasing recognition for color photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries.

THE MANY LIVES OF WILLIAM KLEIN (2012)

William Klein (*1928) is an American-born French photographer and filmmaker noted for his ironic approach to both media and his extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context ofphotojournalism and fashion photography. He was ranked 25th on Professional Photographer‘s list of 100 most influential photographers.

NOBODY’S HERE BUT ME (1994)

Cynthia “Cindy” Morris Sherman (*1954) is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. In 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (1981)

Joel Meyerowitz (*1938) is a street photographer and portrait and landscape photographer. He began photographing in color in 1962 and was an early advocate of the use of color during a time when there was significant resistance to the idea of color photography as serious art. In the early 1970s he taught the first color course at the Cooper Union in New York City where many of today’s renowned color photographers studied with him.

REELY AND TRULY (2014)

Tyrone Lebon’s 30-minute documentary spotlights some of the best contemporary filmmakers across the globe, including Juergen Teller, Sean Vegezzi, Nobuyoshi Araki, Takashi Homma, Ari Marcopoulos, Jill Freedman, Tim Barber and more.

A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT FRANK (2005)

Robert Frank (*1924) is an American photographer and documentary filmmaker. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocquevillefor his fresh and nuanced outsider’s view of American society. Critic Sean O’Hagan, writing in The Guardian in 2014, said The Americans ”changed the nature of photography, what it could say and how it could say it.” Frank later expanded into film and video and experimented with manipulating photographs and photomontage.

CLOSE UP PHOTOGRAPHERS AT WORK (2009)

Photographers Steve McCurry, Brigitte Lacombe, Jay Maisel, Susan Meiselas, Miru Kim and Bruce Davidson share insights on their work and what makes a great portrait. Interviews with curators, artists, and authors also help demonstrate the passion of this gifted group and help put their work in context.

Sources: dazeddigital.com, wiki

SAM 15 is online

Slovak Art Magazine – SAM 15

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Summer, holiday time of and the slow season are here. But our mini editorial team has no rest and has prepared for you a fresh issue of your magazine which is becoming more and more popular. We have crossed the magical thousand fans on Facebook. It gives us great satisfaction and appreciation of our work. The number of fans of pictures is growing and with the boom of smartphones almost every person on the planet owns device which is able to take a picture. A good photography, however, requires something more than having a camera. An excellent picture can drown in the billions photos generated by the every minute and often falls into oblivion. Photographers, if they want to be successful, are forced to take care of media agenda and to build their own solid image. They must have transparent and direct portfolio with a clear signature. SAM wants to help in this matter. It collects fragments of a mosaic to create an image of Slovak photography in confrontation with the world.

The concept of an independent magazine is a living creature until the deadline of each issue. We always tame it, pour it in a nice envelope and imprison on the web. SAM 15 compared to previous issues gives the cover to young unknown author who modestly sent us the photo to G@LLERY. After seeing his portfolio we realized that this talent cannot remain unnoticed. Matej Hubcej.

Several Czech photographers are featured in SAM 15 after our visit of Open Air photo Festival in Cesky Krumlov. We have started partnership with the AoRT project (Atelier of rocking talents) which is similar to our New wave. After taking part on OAFF, SAM in the near future is going to promote Slovak photography through projection on FOTOEXPO event in Prague. Stay tuned.

We wish you a pleasant browsing…

MATEJ HUBCEJj

MATEJ HUBCEJ

JINDŘICH ŠTREIT

JINDŘICH ŠTREIT 

VIERA BABECOVÁ

VIERA BABECOVÁ

MIRO ARVA

MIRO ARVA

PETER BUBENICEK

PETER BUBENICEK

ROBO KOČAN

ROBO KOČAN

MÁRIA CANDRÁKOVÁ

MÁRIA CANDRÁKOVÁ

MAREK DUNAJSKÝ

MAREK DUNAJSKÝ

GUILLERMO DE ANGELIS

GUILLERMO DE ANGELIS

JORGE CERVERA HAUSER

JORGE CERVERA HAUSER

BO ZWIR

BO ZWIR

JIŘÍ RŮŽEK

JIŘÍ RŮŽEK

AoRT - DAVID GABERLE

AoRT - DAVID GABERLE

PREDSTAVUJEME - FOTO KRUMLOV

INTRODUCING – FOTO KRUMLOV

(Slovenčina) Nová vlna z Čiech a Slovenska prichádza

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SAM 14 IS ONLINE

Slovak Art Magazine – SAM 14

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SAM 14 – focused on man

Cover page of SAM 14 has been taken by Peter Bagi the representative of manipulated photography and the first Slovakian who obtained the European title Master QEP. Besides professional photographers there are also great journalistic talents in Slovakia who combine pictures with words. One of them is Diana Mrazikova who described her positive approach to journalism with credo “Everywhere well but best in the world”. In addition Milan Maronek the president of photo club IRIS prepared a photo report from Seoul in Korea.

SAM 14 is focused on man. Almost all portfolios are more or less related to this topic. Our authors handle it obviously in a different manner and express themselves through variety of styles from fashion, journalism to old photographic techniques. Focused on man (closer Man and addiction) is the main motive of the Czech Open-air PHOTO festival. Our New wave of magazine SAM is being currently promoted on the website of the festival and will culminate in a video projection and presentation on 6th of June 2015 in Cesky Krumlov. We will compare our one with photographers who belong to Slovak New wave in the eighties. A hard nut to crack. Keep your fingers crossed!

Have a nice browsing…

Peter Bagi

Peter Bagi

 

Diana Mráziková

Diana Mráziková

Martin Mayer

Martin Mayer

Alex Kiňová

Alex Kiňová

Mura Murazu

Mura Murazu

Evla Vlašičová

Evla Vlašičová

Juraj Somolányi

Juraj Somolányi

Patrik Jandák

Patrik Jandák

Alexandra Demenkova

Alexandra Demenkova

Michal Wijata

Michal Wijata

Jamari Lior

Jamari Lior

Francesco Sambo

Francesco Sambo

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze

Valda Bailey

Valda Bailey

Milan Marônek

Milan Marônek